The bathroom is one of the most used places in your home.  It is also an area that often experiences the most problems and complications. This is especially true for the toilet as it tends to break down or get clogged every now and then. And while some toilet issues can be addressed easily, this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are situations where fixing the problem yourself might not be the best option. 

Some problems require a professional that has the necessary knowledge and experience to properly deal with the issue. Often it can be quite tricky to gauge how serious a problem is and whether or not a plumber is required. To help simplify things, we have put together a list of signs to watch out for. If this is something you’re interested in knowing more about, read on for three tell-tale signs that you need to call a plumber for your toilet.

Water Near the Toilet Base

If you find that water is pooling at the base of a toilet, then you may want to pay extra attention to the situation. We suggest wiping the area near the base dry and leaving paper towels at the base. If you find that the area is wet after a couple of hours, then there’s a chance that the seal around the base of your toilet has deteriorated or disappeared. The best way to fix this problem is to call a plumber to fix the seal at the base of your toilet. 

Constant Running Water

Constant running water in your toilet is never a good sign, and can lead to a lot of wasted water.  The problem likely lies in the seal between the ball and float mount arm. This can get worn down to the point where it completely breaks and causes the tank water to run constantly. To remedy this and to stop the water from flowing constantly, a plumber needs to replace the rubber diaphragm seal.

Slow Tank Refill

Toilet tanks that take too long to refill likely have broken flush valves or a leaking flapper. Both of these issues may be too complicated to attempt to fix yourself, which is why you’ll want to call in a plumber to inspect and repair your toilet. Depending on what’s wrong with the toilet the plumber will either need to replace the valve or repair the seal on the flapper.


Hopefully, this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you figure out when to call a plumber for your toilet problems. While there may be times that you can do the repairs yourself, it’s crucial that you are able to determine when something is outside the area of your expertise. In more serious plumbing cases, you may end up doing more harm than good and could even damage your toilet or your plumbing system. If any of the signs we’ve listed above are present, be sure to contact a plumber as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing problems with your toilet, then you’ve come to the right place. At Designa Plumbing, we are committed to resolving any plumbing issue our residential and commercial clients may have. From clearing a clogged drain to repairing a burst pipe, we can do it all. If you need our 24-hour plumbing services, contact us today.